Media Watch – Sept 2

By on 02/09/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Free school meals – a health boost (BBC WM) Birmingham Public Health nutritionist Eleanor McGee interviewed about the introduction of free school meals for all 4-7 year olds.

Road tunnels reopen after six weeks (BBC) Birmingham city centre’s road tunnels reopen after a six-week summer closure.

Veteran Labour city councillor set to retire (Birmingham Mail) A long-serving Birmingham councillor and former trades union official (Cllr Peter Kane) will retire from the city council next May.

Refinance deal could cost extra £1bn (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council has been warned it could end up forking out an extra £1.1 billion in repayments after refinancing its debts. Deputy leader Ian Ward replied that once inflation is taken into account and future fluctuations in debt and interest the costs will change. He argued that many councils are now refinancing their debt over 60-80 year periods to cut annual payments.

Great Birmingham Run (Men’s Running) Article looking forward to next month’s Bupa Great Birmingham run.

Regional Headlines

Chris Kelly to stand down as Tory MP for Dudley South
Conservative MP Chris Kelly has said he will stand down at the 2015 general election after serving one term.

Ex-footballer on bribes plot charge
Former West Brom player Delroy Facey is charged with conspiracy to commit bribery as part of an investigation into alleged match fixing.

National Headlines

Boris Island airport plan rejected
A plan for an island airport in the Thames Estuary, dubbed “Boris Island”, is rejected by the commission looking into the UK’s airport needs.

‘Difficulties’ with anti-terror plans
There are “significant difficulties” with preventing British-born terror suspects from re-entering the country, the reviewer of terror laws says.

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